John Chiles (82) Days Until Chicago Bears Season Opener
Jun 26, 2014; Toronto Argonauts wide receiverJohn Chiles
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It’s still way too many days until the Chicago Bears kickoff the 2015 season at home against the Green Bay Packers, but until then Bear Goggles On will be counting down the days by reviewing each player on the roster. Up next is #82, wide receiver John Chiles.
With zero catches in his brief NFL career, Chiles will clearly have a tough road to make the final 53 man roster, but with a new coaching staff and new management in place, who knows how the roster will take shape, so let’s get to know the journeyman wide receiver who will be fighting to stick with the roster.
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Chiles is a converted quarterback, who officially moved from QB to wide receiver prior to the spring game before his junior season at Texas. During his junior season he started seven games at wide receiver, recording 34 catches for 319 yards and 3 TD’s in nine games. As a senior he appeared in 11 games at wide receiver including 8 starts. He caught 29 passes for 418 yards (14.4 ypc) and two TDs, and added 2 rushes for 18 yards. His 14.4 yards per catch led the Longhorns.
Chiles signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent after the lockout ended in August of 2011. He was released before the season started. He caught on with the St Louis Rams at the tail end of the 2011 season. Chiles spent some time with the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena League.
In May of 2013, Chiles signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. In two seasons in the CFL, Chiles racked up 73 catches for 1200 yards and 9 touchdowns. Chiles signed a reserve/futures contract with the Bears in January 2015.
I would say it’s a long shot for Chiles to crack the roster, with the top four wide receiver spots occupied by Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal, Kevin White and Marquess Wilson. Chiles will have to impress coaches with his ability on special teams, where reserve wide receivers make a living. If he can cover kicks and perhaps contribute to the return game, he might have a chance to catch on.
We’re just 82 days from kickoff. Are you ready???